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November 24, 1988 | JUDITH MICHAELSON, Times Staff Writer
Performance artist Rachel Rosenthal was too far down on the list to address the City Council on behalf of a new Los Angeles Endowment for the Arts, but it didn't matter. Outside chambers with a cluster of grinning artists listening in, she got her say: "Maybe I'll stay in Los Angeles after all." However she soon dropped the maybe . Rosenthal decided she was staying.
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November 2, 2011 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
Los Angeles has lost one of its most unrelenting champions of theater. When the news broke on Tuesday morning that Geffen Playhouse founder and producing director Gil Cates had died at 77, it was as though the unthinkable had happened, something akin to the Hollywood sign tumbling down from its hillside perch. Perhaps it's inevitable to connect Cates with Hollywood. A stage director who also had a successful career in TV and the movies, he was the go-to producer for the Academy Awards telecast for a number of years, a role that gave him the air of the consummate studio insider, even if in his heart of hearts he was too much a theater person to feel totally at home swimming with the sharks.
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June 2, 1991 | JAN BRESLAUER, Jan Breslauer is a regular contributor to The Times .
In Los Angeles, the arts community has its own mantra: MMMMMMMMMMMulticulturalism. Talk about a buzzword--there's no escaping this one. No one knows who coined it, or when, and its definition depends on whom you talk to--and everyone is talking about it. In the broadest sense, it stands for the recognition and cultivation of our increasingly diverse society. Out with the "melting pot"--in with the "tossed salad."
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June 16, 2011
EVENT Taking a cue from the popular television show "The Amazing Race," Race/LA challenges teams of two to crisscross the city solving problems and performing physical tasks, all in hopes of beating opponents to the finish line. In addition to providing prizes and glory to the winners, the competition highlights aspects of Los Angeles culture and history. Starting location given upon registration. 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat. $190 per team. (310) 360-6950. http://www.racela.com.
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December 11, 1988 | BOB BAKER, Times Staff Writer
Elias Lopez never had a chance. He got sucked into something so much stronger than he was, something with a history so powerful, that there seemed no choice but to submit. He was 17, a nice, quietly handsome young man with jet-black hair and a plan. He was going to be a cop, a narcotics investigator. Sure, there were street gangs in his neighborhood, but he did not want to join one. All Elias wanted to do was look like a gang member.
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January 6, 1997 | LARRY HARNISCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Light does not easily penetrate the clouded story of Betty Short, a 22-year-old unemployed cashier and waitress whose body was found cut in half and gruesomely mutilated 50 years ago this month in a vacant lot in Southwest Los Angeles. The unsolved killing remains Los Angeles' premier myth noir, a tale of a tragic beauty clad in black, prowling the night life, a cautionary fable that rings as true today as it did in 1947. The legend insists on a shadowed, epic tone.
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January 1, 1994 | PAUL FELDMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was more than 12 hours before midnight, but Sergio Valdivia was already preparing for the inevitable aftermath. Valdivia, who runs Tacos Delta on Sunset Boulevard, stood at a stainless-steel sink soaking 125 pounds of cow intestines in water and vinegar shortly before noon Friday. That's the first step, he said, in cooking 35 gallons of menudo for all those bleary-eyed customers who begin gathering outside his Silver Lake eatery as early as 6 a.m. on New Year's Day.
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October 14, 1987 | SHAV GLICK, Times Staff Writer
Tucked away on the bottom of a page in the sports section of The Times on April 8, 1910, was this item: "Indianapolis is to have automobile races May 27-28 and 30 on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Fast cars and leading drivers are to appear." Auto racing was nothing new to Angelenos, though. Los Angeles, in fact, was the center of automobile racing when Indianapolis was just getting into the game.
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August 12, 2001 | MARIA ELENA FERNANDEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Adios, apple martini. A tropical rum cocktail is the new "it" drink in the city of trends. Sure, the City of Angels still loves you, apple of our eye, but mojitos, with their deceptively tasty minty wallop, are so very this year. Oceanside in Venice or Santa Monica? Hillside on the Sunset Strip? Downtown during happy hour? Fine dining in Beverly Hills, Los Feliz or Pasadena? The mojito mambo is there.
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April 26, 1996 | ANDREA FORD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Roland Davidson vividly remembers the day in 1956 when he tooled into town after a four-day drive from New Orleans and found his Louisiana Creole culture waiting for him in South-Central Los Angeles. He heard the familiar dropped Rs of New Orleans' 7th Ward along East 61st Street.
IMAGE
January 13, 2008 | Erin Weinger, Times Staff Writer
Most people clean their closets by removing a few pieces at a time, but Doris Raymond, owner of the upper-crust vintage shop The Way We Wore, has opened a temporary annex on Melrose Avenue to do some pre-spring purging. With more than 40,000 pieces crowding the original shop on La Brea Avenue -- and a 4,000-square-foot warehouse in San Francisco -- there's no wondering why. All together, it's a scene that would make compulsive hoarders salivate.
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March 10, 2006 | David L. Ulin, Times Staff Writer
JOHN FANTE'S "Ask the Dust" is among the ur-texts of Los Angeles literature, a book that, nearly 70 years after its initial appearance, still offers a vivid portrait of the city's life.
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March 1, 2005 | Mark Swed, Times Staff Writer
On his trip to Germany last week, George W. Bush canceled a town meeting once it became clear that German public opinion wasn't going his way. A dislike of a specific U.S. president may not necessarily mean a pervasive German anti-Americanism. After all, American popular culture and fast food are avidly consumed in Germany, as they are in much of the world. But there are also many in Germany who blame American popular culture and fast food for poisoning minds and bloating bodies.
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August 12, 2001 | MARIA ELENA FERNANDEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Adios, apple martini. A tropical rum cocktail is the new "it" drink in the city of trends. Sure, the City of Angels still loves you, apple of our eye, but mojitos, with their deceptively tasty minty wallop, are so very this year. Oceanside in Venice or Santa Monica? Hillside on the Sunset Strip? Downtown during happy hour? Fine dining in Beverly Hills, Los Feliz or Pasadena? The mojito mambo is there.
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August 1, 2001 | MARY McNAMARA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
I love people who don't live in L.A. They always ask the greatest questions, questions that invariably involve celebrity sightings, traffic jams and violent crime. Sometimes I think that people who don't live in L.A. envision this city as a sort of "Hollywood Squares" on wheels. With guns. Recently, a very engaging pair of New Zealand documentarians asked me a bunch of questions about driving in Los Angeles for a film they were doing.
BUSINESS
May 2, 2001 | KAREN ROBINSON-JACOBS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
No one's expecting the masses to rush to the Crenshaw business corridor, the heart of African American commerce in Los Angeles, for churros and chicken tacos. But given the dramatic increase in the Latino population in the area--which stretches roughly from the Santa Monica Freeway to Slauson Avenue along Crenshaw Boulevard--African American and other merchants are adding snacks, signage and Latino staffers to help them fish in a widening revenue stream.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 17, 2000 | Cecilia Rasmussen
Saucers, bathtubs, hubcaps, stars; Russian space ships, men from Mars? Bananas, headlights, silver spoons; Hallucinations or weather balloons? --Unknown author * Close encounters of the strangest kind are, of course, a fact of life in Los Angeles. So, it comes as no surprise that the area was an epicenter for one of the late 20th century's genuinely eccentric preoccupations: unidentified flying objects.
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June 16, 2011
EVENT Taking a cue from the popular television show "The Amazing Race," Race/LA challenges teams of two to crisscross the city solving problems and performing physical tasks, all in hopes of beating opponents to the finish line. In addition to providing prizes and glory to the winners, the competition highlights aspects of Los Angeles culture and history. Starting location given upon registration. 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat. $190 per team. (310) 360-6950. http://www.racela.com.
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April 20, 2001 | ANNE-MARIE O'CONNOR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
She doesn't look like a general--though would it be wrong if generals wore Valentino leather pants and had their hair styled at Christophe?--but make no mistake, Donna Estes Antebi is commanding troops. Young men in black coats, resembling escapees from an Armani catwalk, hoist boxes of luscious green orchids. Hotel staffers swirl around the cold, empty ballroom, swathing tables in scarlet Shantung silk. "It's chaos!"
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 2001 | ERIKA HAYASAKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
They're circling again like hungry sharks, the motorists searching for an elusive parking space at the North Hollywood subway station. Two months after the MTA reluctantly expanded the parking lot to 1,000 spaces, commuters are cramming in and filling it every weekday. "It's full, and they just keep coming," said security guard Policarpo Gomez. When the subway was extended to North Hollywood last year, completing the $4.5-billion Red Line, commuters regularly filled the 750-car parking lot.
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